The moment the temperature outside starts reaching 90º is the same moment I start reaching for my scissors. Not a summer has passed where I haven't cut the sleeves off a tee or turned jeans into jorts (isn't that the best word ever?). With some scissors and a bit of thread, you can turn a boring tee that you may have otherwise thrown out into your new favorite top. There are a million ways to cut up and refashion a t-shirt – here are three of my favorite t-shirt DIY ideas. Continue Reading
I am a hands down t-shirt and jeans kinda gal. Always have been; always will be. I’m also the kind of person that, when she finds t-shirts that she likes, she buys 6 of all the same style in 6 different colors. The problem with that is it can lead to boredom. The answer to such boredom, of course, is t-shirt reconstruction. The internets are full of such projects, but these caught my eye in particular. Continue Reading
Visual distraction around the hip area can sometimes be a good thing. Take a good looking t-shirt and go to work.
Cut off the top part of the t-shirt, leaving a ‘tube’. Open up the seam, turn it upside down so the hem becomes the waistband.
Measure and cut strips up to the waistband.
To see how to finish it up, click over to Craftster.org.
Reusable grocery bags are a must, but a grocery bag made out of an old t-shirt is, well, a slice of re-use heaven. I particularly like the airy quality of this bag, which, seriously, does NOT look like it began its life as a t-shirt. Between the Lines tells us we’ll need the following to make one for ourselves:
- an old T-shirt
- matching thread
- a button
- a piece of ribbon
- a sewing machine
If you’ve ended up on the non-NBC side of last week’s titantic Tonight Show decision, then show off your pride with this DIY “Team Conan” t-shirt. Designed by yarnstress Vickie Howell (on whom I have a not-even-a-little-bit-secret crush), it’s as easy as download, transfer, and color.
- Plain T-shirt
- Tulip Fabric Markers
- Transfer Paper & Pencil
- Conan Template (see below)
- Masking Tape
Get the template and instructions here!
I’ve been tempted to use one of my favorite tees as a pattern to make more tees for YEARS, but I’ve always been skeptical about the finish–especially around the neckline. A botched hem-job around the sleeves and bottom wouldn’t be as obvious as the one that frames your face.This project, however, from Make it and Love it solves that problem: They hide the hem at the neckline with a ruffle. Clever, huh? Here’s what you’ll need to give one a try:
- paper, either one large piece (like butcher paper) or several smaller sheets taped together
- a favorite tee
- knit fabric, enough to replicate your favorite tee
- sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc
- this tute from Make it and Love it, which I do!
The Eloominator shows us how to turn old t-shirts into yarn. (Yup, that stuff picture above used to be a t-shirt!) She uses the resulting yarn on a Weave-It Rug Loom or ‘any loom on which you can weave 4 ends per inch’. I could see using it to crochet rugs, however. Maybe a shower mat…To yarnify a tee of your own, here’s what you’ll need:
- a single-knit tee
- a rotary cutter
- a cutting mat
And that’s it–besides this tutorial, I mean.
I love tees with lightly longer short sleeves. The sad thing is, they’re not that easy to find in stores; the happy thing is Oh My Stars shows us how to make our own. Here’s what you’ll need to give it a go:
- a tee shirt with too-short short sleeves
- some tee-shirt material of a complimentary color
- scissors, thread, sewing machine, etc.
To see how to do it, head on over to Oh My Stars.
Cal Patch over on Craftzine turned an oversized t-shirt into a feminine cardi. Yes, she did crochet the fancy new edging–which is another reason you should really learn how to crochet--but you could achieve a similar look by sewing on lacy edging. However, for the crochet version, you’ll need….
- an oversized t-shirt
- tape measure
- sock-weight yarn
- small crochet hook
For the entire tute, check out this page over on Craftzine.
Image courtesy of Cal Patch and Craftzine.